Online Learning with The Power of Water

Learn from The Power of Water anywhere with our online course: The Connected Paddler. Let’s be real, we can’t teach you how to paddle over the internet like we can in person. BUT, we can teach you the framework and mindset that will allow you to teach yourself how to paddle or improve your current paddling game! .In addition to solidifying your paddling foundation, this experiment explores the BIG picture stuff, allowing you to have MORE fun, while managing risk in paddlesport

The Connected Paddler is a unique, fully interactive approach to online learning that will empower you to guide your own learning journey. We will be playing with authentic video and other dynamic, web-based tools that will let us all collaborate, learn from each other, and build our community.




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Sample Course Overview

This first free sample course is a taster for what’s to come. Press play below to get an overview!


Trey is the owner of The Power of Water and is the primary instructor throughout this course.

  • Read his power of water story here.
  • Trey won the ACA Excellent in Instruction Award in 2022.
  • ACA Instructor (L5 Coastal Kayak,  L4 WW Kayak. L2 SUP)
  • ACA Instructor Trainer in Coastal Kayak , River Kayak, and SUP

Tara Fairty has been paddling her whole life and is an ACA instructor. Read her power of water story here.

Together Trey and Tara have worked together to bring this course to you and look forward to partnering with you in your learning journey. 


Is this course for me?

This course is for everyone who wants to continue to develop as a paddler and as a person.  New to paddling? This is a great place to get started. If you’ve been paddling for a while and want to deepen your skills or perhaps you’re a seasoned paddler and want to grow your tools for supporting others. This course is designed to support you in your learning journey.

What will I learn?

In the full course you will discover the endless possibilities of paddling. Dive into the world of adventure and connection as you learn the essential skills and knowledge to become an independent and responsible paddler.

Two Essential Questions for All Paddlers

Our primary objective is to help you answer the two fundamental questions that every paddler must ask themselves:

Should I be out there, paddling today?

And if so, do I have solutions for when the unexpected happens?


Through engaging videos and interactive exercises, you will gain the confidence to navigate any water situation and have a plan when things don’t go as expected. Get ready to embark on an incredible learning expedition with us! The sample is just the beginning.

What's next?

We will be developing the full course and other resources for the paddling community. Stay tuned.

Can I join TPOW in person?

We’re based in Lansing, MI, and travel all around leading coached adventure travel trips. Come to Michigan for local courses or join us for an adventure. Contact us for more information.

What inspired this course?

During the pandemic, we created an online paddlesports course for our university class. Since 2020 we’ve had hundreds of students come through the course and have seen how effective online learning can be. We wanted to take what we do at TPOW to more people by tapping into the online learning space.

How do I access the account?

Our course is hosted on Teachfloor. Once you make an account you’ll have access to the sample course.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from on an online course but I’ve been inspired to get on the water. There’s so much more to paddling than I expected.


To be honest, I was not sure how this course was going to go (with it being online and not in person) but I really enjoy it! I thought I have always known how to paddleboard/canoe/kayak, but there is so much more than I realized.